When you’re standing in front of your closet trying to pick out what to wear for indoor skydiving, you might feel like you’re dressing for a moon mission. You probably have no idea what to expect – but we’re here to help.
For indoor skydiving, attire really needs to serve three purposes: to allow your body to move freely in every direction, to keep you comfortably covered as you wait for your session, and to wick the sweat that this very active, dynamic sport will certainly wring from you. Here’s how to choose the perfect indoor skydiving clothing to suit all three missions with sartorial grace.
The temperature inside the wind tunnel is one of the reasons we love it so much: it’s constantly lovely. The wind tunnel is carefully temperature-controlled, so it’s warm in the ‘tube when it’s chilly out, and it’s pleasantly cool in the ‘tube when outside temperatures rocket. To summarize: it’s not necessary to wear cold-weather gear in there during the winter season, nor is it bikini time when the sun’s scorching. In fact, clothes that are too bulky have a tendency to mess up the feng shui, and wearing too little can expose you a little too much to the flapping of the jumpsuit fabric.
Jeans don’t work because they’re too confining and they don’t stretch. Any clothing with ornaments – strings, beads, rhinestones, grommets, etc. – will lose those ornaments before you can say “Why did I beadazzle this?!” (and the ornaments will smack you around, besides). Skirts won’t fit under the pants-legged jumpsuit, naturally. And any jewelry you wear in the tunnel can be safely kissed goodbye.
As you walk around the tunnel, you’ll see all the instructors and sport flyers wearing the ideal solution to the problem of what to wear for indoor skydiving: a compression top and compression pants. Unless you’re a serious runner, there’s not much chance that you’ll have that lying around in your wardrobe, so we’ll tell you about the next-best thing: leggings, paired with a close-fitting, long-sleeved top that stretches and is long enough to go down to your hips. If you’re a dude and haven’t quite embraced the yoga-dude look, close-fitting athletic pants will work. The closer you can get to the compression-top-and-compression-pants ideal, the better off you’ll be.
And if I bring my mini-me(s), you ask? Indoor skydiving clothing for kids are precisely the same as they are for adults – just … smaller.
Quick note: if you’ll be arriving at the windy tube all dressed up for a date ( <3 !), no worries. We have locker rooms for you to change in and out of your tunnel-superhero duds.
What you pluck from your own closet matters a great deal, of course – but what about the rest of the indoor skydiving gear that will accompany you into the windy tube?
Unless you have your very own jumpsuit – which you will, as soon as you’ll start flying regularly! – you’ll be borrowing one of ours. The jumpsuit is a non-negotiable factor of tunnel flight, as it will serve a couple of noble purposes while you’re in there: to keep your clothing on your body, and to provide your instructor with a firm grip, so you don’t go cartwheeling willy-nilly against the walls. (The jumpsuits, as you’ll notice when you watch the folks who fly before you, have handles.)
There’s only one flavor of footwear welcome in the tunnel: Sturdy lace-ups that you could comfortably take out for a quick run (no sparkly ruby slippers, Dorothy – so sorry). Literally nothing else will do, as they’ll surely fail you – by tangling in the tunnel’s protective mesh, nailing your stalwart instructor in the gut or simply flying off into the vents. Forgot your perfect kicks? No worries. We’ll have simple athletic shoes for you to borrow if the need arises.
You’ll be wearing one of our handy-dandy Pro-tec helmets when you go in for your flight. That protects against a flurry of ills, but there’s one thing it does nothing about: your hair. There are little ventilation holes in said helmet, and the whoosh of air loves to push hair right through ‘em. To solve this one, bring along a Buff to wrap over your noggin. (That’s one of those tubular bandanas, y’know?) It’ll keep everything under wraps. If you have lots of hair, bobby pins will help keep the Buff in place.
Glasses, too, are no problem. You can absolutely keep them on during your flight. You’ll be wearing our provided plastic goggles over them.
So! Are you ready to burst out onto the indoor skydiving fashion scene? We thought so. Make your reservation today and get out on our floating catwalk! We can’t wait to see you there.
(PS: if you need any more reasons to go indoor skydiving than flaunting a flattering jump suit, we have a few for you right here…)